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Kyrie Irving scores 40 on 17-of-33 shooting 12-26-2013
Kyrie Irving G CLE
Kyrie Irving launched 33 shots against the Hawks on Thursday in a double-overtime loss, making 17 of them for 40 points with two boards, nine assists, four steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes. After a horrible start to is season, Kyrie is cooking over his last five with averages of 27.8 points, 2.6 boards, 7.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.4 triples on 46.4 percent from the field and 92.6 percent from the line. He has very little help and will certainly have his inefficient scoring games, but he'll have nights like this one with some regularity. Obviously the buy-low window is closed on Irving.
Tristan Thompson scores 22 points 12-26-2013
Tristan Thompson F CLE
Tristan Thompson scored 22 points against the Hawks on Thursday to go with six boards, one assist and two blocks on 8-of-13 shooting. He's been quietly consistent over his previous 10 games with averages of 13.2 points, 10.3 boards and 0.4 blocks on 47.7 percent shooting in 31.0 minutes. The lack of blocks while shooting just 59.4 percent over that span has made him a bit of an undesirable, low-end option in standard leagues.
Lou Williams plays just 22 minutes in 2OT win 12-26-2013
Louis Williams G ATL
Lou Williams played 22 minutes during Thursday's 127-125 double-overtime victory over the Cavs, scoring seven points with one assist and one steal. The Hawks went with Shelvin Mack down the stretch of this game and Williams only logged one minute in the final 18 minutes. His ACL injury takes a lot of time to get going and the Hawks obviously had a plan and stuck with it even with their team being decimated by injuries tonight. Conventional wisdom suggests he'll see more playing time, but he's not exactly a must-own player. We'll see how he does on Saturday against the Bobcats.
Gustavo Ayon plays eight minutes 12-26-2013
Gustavo Ayon F ATL
Gustavo Ayon played eight minutes against the Cavs on Thursday, failing to score with three rebounds and one steal. He checked in after the Al Horford (shoulder) injury, but checked out 12 seconds later. Ayon hasn't been able to stay healthy, so it's hard to get too excited about picking him up with Horford's status unclear. He's playing 16.1 minutes per game so far, but should see at least a handful of minutes while Horford is sidelined.
Mike Scott plays just eight minutes vs. Cavs 12-26-2013
Mike Scott F ATL
Mike Scott played eight minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with three points, one assist and one 3-pointer. If Al Horford (shoulder) needs to miss time, coach Mike Budenholzer might have to get creative with his big man. Scott has barely played next to Paul Millsap and has almost exclusively played power forward this year, so he is not a direct beneficiary of the Horford news. Additionally, Scott does have a handful of minutes as a small forward, so he might get some run with DeMarre Carroll (thumb) also hurt. He's worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Kyle Korver scores 20 points w/ four triples 12-26-2013
Kyle Korver G ATL
Kyle Korver made four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, six boards, five assists, one steal and two turnovers on 7-of-15 shooting against the Cavs on Thursday. He attempted a season-high 12 shots from downtown while logging his highest minutes total. If DeMarre Carroll (thumb) needs to miss time, Korver will likely be part of the solution to replace DC's 30.4 minutes per game. His 3-point prowess is giving him third-round value this season and there's no reason to think he can't keep it up.
Aaron Brooks doesn't return from ankle sprain 12-26-2013
Aaron Brooks G DEN
Aaron Brooks twisted his ankle in Thursday's game against the Grizzlies and had it re-taped, but he did not return. He was expected to return to the game, but the Rockets didn't need him with Jeremy Lin and James Harden handling the backcourt minutes. Brooks finished with six points, one rebound, two assists and no turnovers on 3-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes. His value seems to have taken a dive now that Lin in back.
Paul Millsap fills stat sheet in two-OT win 12-26-2013
Paul Millsap F ATL
Paul Millsap produced a stat-stuffing line of 20 points, 11 boards, three assists, two steals, two blocks , two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 48 minutes against the Cavs. He's one of the hottest players in the NBA with regards to multiple-category lines lately and this was just another tremendous game. Over his previous 11 games, Millsap averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.9 triples while shooting 45 percent from the field. If Al Horford misses significant time, Millsap might be the first player to average a double-double with one steal, one block and one 3-pointer per game since Shawn Marion in 2007.
Elton Brand still plays just 10 minutes 12-26-2013
Elton Brand F ATL
Elton Brand played 10 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday, failing to score with two rebounds and one block. His minutes have been interesting to monitor since the preseason. Back on Oct. 8, he kicked off the month with a surprising 30 minutes played, but in the regular season he's played at least 20 minutes once during the regular season. The 34-year-old big man is playing only 11.4 minutes per game this year, so it would be hard to imagine the Hawks pushing him over a 21.2 minutes-per-game threshold -- his average with the Mavs last year. Only owners in very deep leagues should be looking to add Brand.
Shelvin Mack plays 36 mins., post solid line 12-26-2013
Shelvin Mack G ATL
Shelvin Mack played 36 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 10 points, seven boards, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 3-of-9 shooting. He checked in after DeMarre Carroll's thumb injury and only checked out for one possession in the double-overtime win. Mack has been used at shooting guard before and he looks to be a short-term fix for the Hawks while Carroll is out. He can shoot the three and has a respectable 46 percent from the field this year, so he's worth a look in deep leagues on a speculative basis.
Pero Antic starts second overtime 12-26-2013
Pero Antic C ATL
Pero Antic started the second overtime against the Cavs and played the entire five minutes, finishing with three points, one assist and one 3-pointer in five total minutes. He didn't check in until six seconds were left in the first overtime and played just 10.8 minutes per game before tonight's game. Al Horford (shoulder) could miss time with his injury, so Antic's minutes could see an increase while their star center is on the mend. He's taking 1.8 triples per game as a stretch five for the Hawks, so he might be a decent add for owners in very deep leagues seeking help in triples.
DeMarre Carroll doesn't return from injury 12-26-2013
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll did not return after suffering a sprained right thumb in Thursday's game against the Cavs. He finished with eight points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes. It's a good sign that Carroll didn't break anything, but he's not out of the wood yet wit the team likely to evaluate him. He should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Bobcats. The Hawks went with Shelvin Mack to take over most of Carroll's minutes.
Jeff Teague beats buzzer, scores 34 in win 12-26-2013
Jeff Teague G ATL
Jeff Teague buried a 20-foot jumper at the end of Thursday's double-overtime victory over the Cavs, scoring a career-high 34 points with three rebounds, 14 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 14-of-24 shooting. He played 49 minutes and put the team on his back down the stretch of this game. After a slump in the earlier part of December, Teague is rolling over his last five with averages of 20.8 points, 4.6 boards, 11.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 triples. He was on fire earlier in the season, so his fantasy owners should have some relatively high hopes for the 25-year-old guard.
Al Horford (shoulder) will not return vs. CLE 12-26-2013
Al Horford F ATL
Al Horford suffered a right shoulder injury and will not return to Thursday's game.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
The injury did not look good at all and it was reminiscent of his left pectoral tear from back in 2012. The Hawks will likely give him an MRI in the coming days and he should be considered questionable for Saturday. Horford finished with 25 points, eight boards, four assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer. The Hawks are likely going to use a combination of Gustavo Ayon, Pero Antic and Elton Brand at center. For what it's worth, Antic started the second overtime and might be the more interesting pickup in very deep leagues. Mike Scott has only played six possessions next to Paul Millsap in the past 30 days, so that will likely be going up as well.
LaMarcus Aldridge will play vs. Clippers 12-26-2013
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
LaMarcus Aldridge (wisdom teeth) will play against the Clippers on Thursday.

Joe Freeman on Twitter
He went through warmups and it sounds like he'll be able to play in his normal role. Aldridge is having a fantastic season this year and is in the mix for MVP. Put him in your lineup.
Al Horford (chest/shoulder) to locker room 12-26-2013
Al Horford F ATL
Al Horford suffered an injury to his right shoulder in overtime of Thursday's game and went to the locker room. Uh oh. Horford suffered a season-ending pectoral tear to his left shoulder back in 2012, so this is not an aggravation. Although, that looked to be the area which Horford reached for as he sustained the injury. He was replaced by Gustavo Ayon before the Hawks went with a smaller lineup. The Hawks have used Elton Brand as the main backup center, but he's not a very interesting pickup considering his durability.
DeMarre Carroll suffers sprained right thumb 12-26-2013
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll suffered a sprained right thumb in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game and is doubtful to return.

Hawks on Twitter
This is not bad news for the Hawks considering how bad the injury looked. Carroll was in agony and the team will likely re-evaluate him on Friday, making him questionable to play on Saturday against the Bobcats. Shelvin Mack took over with the starting unit to begin overtime and figures to be the primary replacement for minutes with Kyle Korver shifting to small forward.
LaMarcus Aldridge (game-time call) warming up 12-26-2013
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
LaMarcus Aldridge (teeth) is warming up for Thursday's game against the Clippers.

Erik Gunderson on Twitter
This is a good sign for his chances to play and we'll be looking out for the official word. If he can't go, Meyers Leonard would start, but would only be worth using as a very deep play in most formats.
DeMarre Carroll (hand/wrist) to locker room 12-26-2013
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll suffered an injury to his right hand and went to the locker room in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game. He ran into a screen by Tyler Zeller and was in a lot of pain. Carroll went to the ground by the scorers table and stayed down for a couple minutes. He went back to the locker room with the training staff likely to get an X-ray, so we'll be looking for an update from the team. The Hawks went with Shelvin Mack and Kyle Korver on the wings following the injury, plus Lou Williams would also likely see more playing time should this injury cause him to miss time.
Mo Williams will give it a go vs. Clippers 12-26-2013
Mo Williams G POR
Mo Williams (hip) will play against the Clippers on Thursday.

Mike Tokito on Twitter
He was probable for the game with his bruised hip. Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews have been terrific this year, but Williams hasn't been a slouch off the bench and has been a big part of Portland's surprise season. He's only a low-upside play in most league while the Blazers are healthy in the backcourt.
LaMarcus Aldridge (teeth) a game-time call 12-26-2013
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
LaMarcus Aldridge (wisdom teeth) is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Clippers.

Erik Gunderson on Twitter
This came out of the blue and we'll be updating his status as the info becomes available. If he can't go, Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland and Meyers Leonard will collectively help fill in. Robinson was leapfrogged by Leonard in Saturday's game, so that will be something to watch for tonight. Stay tuned.
Tiago Splitter is starting versus Dallas 12-26-2013
Tiago Splitter C SA
Tiago Splitter (hamstring) will start against the Mavericks on Thursday night.

Bryan Gutierrez on Twitter
He has a tight hamstring on the same side as his calf strain from earlier this month, but is good to go. Splitter's minutes have dropped to just 20.9 per game this season, which is a significant drop from his 24.7 last year. The drop in playing time and his drop in both shooting percentages have caused his fantasy value to take a hit.
Chase Budinger doing light work with team 12-26-2013
Chase Budinger F MIN
Chase Budinger (knee) has been doing some light work at practice with the team.

Mark Remme on Twitter
Coach Rick Adelman called it a gradual process and added his swingman still isn't ready to return. Budinger has been out all season from his surgery back in October and will get back in the rotation. Corey Brewer's honeymoon of efficiency with the Wolves is over due to shooting just 30.8 percent from the field in December, so Budinger figures to get into a timeshare at worst.
Devin Harris (toe) targeting January 12-26-2013
Devin Harris G DAL
Devin Harris (toe) is running on a treadmill and said he hopes to be 100 percent in January.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
He suffered a setback last week and doesn't have a timetable to return. The Mavs and Harris haven't had the most mutually beneficial relationship since their initial agreement on a deal was voided due to his toe injury over the summer. Fantasy owners really shouldn't give him the benefit of the doubt and he can remain on the wire until he has a specific target date.
Samuel Dalembert will play vs. Spurs 12-26-2013
Samuel Dalembert C DAL
Samuel Dalembert (illness) will play against the Spurs on Thursday night.

Tim McMahon on Twitter
Spurs to keep usual lineup, Splitter in doubt 12-26-2013
Tim Duncan F SA
The Spurs will use their normal lineup against the Mavericks on Thursday.

Jeff McDonald on Twitter
The only guy up in the air is Tiago Splitter with his hamstring issue. Fantasy owners of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili can use them like they normally would.
Tiago Splitter could miss Thursday night 12-26-2013
Tiago Splitter C SA
Tiago Splitter (hamstring) could miss Thursday's game against the Mavericks.

Jeff Caplan on Twitter
He had a calf issue cost him time before and this hamstring issue is new. Coach Gregg Popovich said his other players are going to play, which is a mild surprise on a back-to-back set. If Splitter does sit, the Spurs will use a multitude of players to fill the void.
John Jenkins (leg) out Thurs. w/ nerve issues 12-26-2013
John Jenkins G ATL
Hawks guard John Jenkins will not play on Thursday due to nerve pain in his leg which may stem from his recent back injury.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jenkins doesn't anticipate needing surgery but he said he will probably have another epidural soon, adding, "It's time to just get [the injury] out of the way forever." He wasn't providing fantasy value but his absence is a blow for the Hawks' backcourt depth, and places more importance on the continued health of Lou Williams.
Samuel Dalembert (illness) may play vs. Spurs 12-26-2013
Samuel Dalembert C DAL
Samuel Dalembert (illness) is with the Mavericks on Thursday, though it's unclear how much he might play vs. the Spurs.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Fellow big man Brandan Wright is out with an illness of his own, but it's possible that Sammy isn't healthy enough to take advantage. In any case, he's expected to come off the bench behind DeJuan Blair.
Brandon Wright (illness) out on Thursday 12-26-2013
Brandan Wright F DAL
Brandan Wright (illness) is not with the Mavericks for Thursday's game.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
He stayed home to recuperate and prevent spreading the illness in the Mavs' locker room, so Dallas will have to make do with DeJuan Blair, Bernard James and whatever they can get out of Samuel Dalembert, who is also under the weather.
Earl Clark starting over Alonzo Gee vs. ATL 12-26-2013
Earl Clark F NY
Earl Clark will replace Alonzo Gee as the Cavaliers' starting SF on Thursday.

Jason Lloyd on Twitter
Clark is averaging just 4.0 points in the past two games, which isn't much better than his season-average 6.1 points on 41.5 percent shooting. The SF spot has been a fantasy dead-zone all year and it's unlikely to change with Clark ahead of Gee.
Tayshaun Prince (knee) starting at SF Thurs. 12-26-2013
Tayshaun Prince F MEM
Tayshaun Prince (knee) will return to the Grizzlies' starting lineup on Thursday, shifting James Johnson back to the bench.

Ronald Tillery on Twitter
Johnson was impressive while Prince was out, playing with great energy, and it would be surprising if he fell completely out of the picture. Fantasy owners are well acquainted with Tayshaun's lack of reliable value, even if he's getting solid minutes, so his return doesn't have many positive ramifications in fantasy leagues.
Cartier Martin (ankle) could return Thursday 12-26-2013
Cartier Martin F ATL
Cartier Martin will be in uniform for Thursday's game, even though his sprained ankle is still sore.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
It's up to coach Mike Budenholzer whether or not Martin will actually play on Thursday, and his limited role off the bench makes him a non-entity for fantasy purposes.
Dion Waiters (wrist) available to play Thurs. 12-26-2013
Dion Waiters G CLE
Dion Waiters (wrist) will be available to play vs. the Hawks on Thursday.

Cleveland Plain Dealer on Twitter
He made it through shootaround in one piece and should resume his sixth-man role, in which he's averaged 13.3 points, 1.3 threes, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals. The Cavs lost two out of three games without Waiters.
Jared Sullinger playing through hand injury 12-26-2013
Jared Sullinger F BOS
Jared Sullinger has been bothered by a deep bone bruise and sprained ligaments in his left hand since late November.

Jay King on Twitter
Sullinger had a wrap on his left hand during Boston's practice on Thursday, but he's been playing with the injury for a month so it doesn't appear to be a major concern. We'll let you know if his status for Saturday's game is in jeopardy - for now we expect him to play his usual minutes as the Celtics' starting center.
NBA: Blake Griffin didn't deserve ejection 12-26-2013
Blake Griffin F LAC
The NBA said on Thursday that Blake Griffin did not deserve the technical foul which led to his ejection from Wednesday's game.

Dan Woike on Twitter
The call should never have been made and it's nice to see the league admit to the referee's mistake so quickly. Griffin now has six technicals on the season, trailing only DeMarcus Cousins (eight).
Avery Bradley knocks knees in practice 12-26-2013
Avery Bradley G BOS
Avery Bradley knocked knees with Gerald Wallace during Thursday's practice, but he's expected to play vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday.

Chris Forsberg on Twitter
We'll list him on the injury report for Saturday's game as a precaution even though coach Brad Stevens didn't seem concerned. Wallace didn't even require treatment after practice so his owners needn't worry about his status.
Pau Gasol (illness) doesn't travel w/ Lakers 12-26-2013
Pau Gasol F LAL
Pau Gasol (upper respiratory infection) is not traveling with the Lakers for Friday's game vs. the Jazz and he's officially listed as day-to-day.

Lakers on Twitter
It's conceivable that he could rejoin the team in time to play but that seems very doubtful at this point, especially since he just returned from an upper respiratory illness. If Pau can't suit up, Mike D'Antoni will wring extra production out of guys like Shawne Williams, Chris Kaman and Robert Sacre.
Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) practicing w/ Bucks 12-26-2013
Ersan Ilyasova F MIL
Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday and could play in Friday's road game in Brooklyn.

Charles Gardner on Twitter
The odds seem good that Ilyasova will be in uniform, though it's uncertain what role he'll play and whether or not he'll start ahead of guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and John Henson. With Larry Sanders (thumb) probable to return on Friday there are suddenly a variety of interesting angles in the Bucks' frontcourt.
Larry Sanders (thumb) probable to play Friday 12-26-2013
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders (thumb) practiced with the Bucks on Thursday and he's probable to play in Friday's game vs. the Nets.

Bucks PR on Twitter
Unless he has a setback, patient fantasy owners will finally get Sanders back in the active rotation this week. Larry Drew limited Sanders' playing time early in the year and John Henson has proven capable as a center, but Zaza Pachulia (foot) is out of commission and it's doubtful that rookie Miroslav Raduljica will be a thorn in Sanders' side. We expect some rust, and Sanders' conditioning might be an issue, so consider keeping him benched until he's up to speed.
76ers send Lorenzo Brown back to D-League 12-26-2013
Lorenzo Brown G PHI
The 76ers have assigned Lorenzo Brown to the D-League.

Bob Cooney on Twitter
Brown has proven turnover-prone in a limited backup role this season, and there's no spot for him on the active roster with Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten both healthy.
Kenneth Faried (ankle) goes through practice 12-26-2013
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried (sprained ankle) went through most of Thursday's practice.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
Faried is only averaging 23 minutes per game this season and he's been a disappointment for his fantasy owners, though he had scored double-digit points in three straight games before getting hurt. Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has been optimistic that Faried will return on Friday and his participation today bodes well.
Richard Jefferson (back) game-time vs. Lakers 12-26-2013
Richard Jefferson F UTH
Richard Jefferson will be a game-time decision on Friday due to a sore back.

Utah Jazz on Twitter
He scored 18 points in 36 minutes during Monday's game, and if he sits out vs. the Lakers there should be extra playing time available for Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans and Brandon Rush.
Beno Udrih at odds with coach Mike Woodson? 12-26-2013
Beno Udrih G MEM
Beno Udrih vented his frustration after Wednesday's loss to the Thunder with coach Mike Woodson's criticism.

New York Daily News
Udrih's veiled post-game remarks ranged from strange to conspiratorial, "Sometimes I have a feeling like when I do a mistake, they have a feeling that I'm making the mistake on purpose. As weird as it sounds, that's how I feel." He never called Woodson out by name, but did add, "don't just be a coach, be a person." Woodson didn't sound excited about Udrih's post-game remarks at Thursday's practice, so it will be interesting to see how much Udrih plays during Friday's game against the Raptors.
Mo Williams (hip) probable for Thursday 12-26-2013
Mo Williams G POR
Mo Williams (hip) is probable for Thursday's game against the Clippers.

Chris B. Haynes on Twitter
Despite coming off the bench this season, Williams has been a solid fantasy contributor as he's currently 31st in the league in assists with 4.5 a game. The 24.3 minute per game average so far this season limits his potential as long as Damian Lillard is healthy, but Williams can be a solid fantasy asset as long as he is healthy and able to fend off rookie C.J. McCollum.
Ronny Turiaf re-evaluation at end of month 12-26-2013
Ronny Turiaf F MIN
Ronny Turiaf (elbow) is reportedly feeling better and will be re-evaluated at the end of the month.

Darren Wolfson
A contact of Turiaf reported that the nine-year veteran is feeling better and disclosed the re-evaluation at the end of the month. While he's a great comeback story, Turiaf's days of providing fantasy value seem to be in the rear-view mirror, so fantasy owners can feel free to look the other way here.
Raymond Felton (groin) doubtful for Friday 12-26-2013
Raymond Felton G NY
Raymond Felton (groin) is not expected to play in Friday's game against the Raptors.

Al Iannazzone on Twitter
Felton will be re-evaluated on Thursday in order to determine a timetable for his return, so there is still a potential for a longer absence here. Beno Udrih found himself in coach Mike Woodson's doghouse after Wednesday's game and Pablo Prigioni (foot) is still a week away from returning, so the Knicks need Felton more than ever. Fantasy owners should hold onto him until we know more, but Felton is edging closer and closer to being droppable.
Carmelo Anthony (ankle) questionable for Fri 12-26-2013
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony (ankle) missed Thursday's practice and will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Raptors.

Al Iannazzone on Twitter
Melo was unable to suit on Christmas day and will head into Friday's contest with a "questionable" tag next to his name. We'll be updating his situation after Friday's shootaround, but J.R. Smith, Amare Stoudemire, and potentially Tim Hardaway Jr. would seen an uptick in minutes and opportunities if Melo is unable to go.
Pablo Prigioni back shooting FTs at practice 12-26-2013
Pablo Prigioni G NY
Pablo Prigioni (broken foot) was back at Knicks practice shooting free throws on Thursday.

Ian Begley on Twitter
Prigioni is hoping to return in about a week, but it's a good sign to see that he's able to stand and shoot free throws at this point. Beno Udrih has been an inconsistent point guard option with Prigioni and Raymond Felton injured, so Prigioni should slide back into a starting role as long as he gets healthy before Felton. However, starting role or not, Prigioni isn't much of a fantasy option in anything but he deepest of leagues.
Dwyane Wade iffy for weekend back-to-backs 12-26-2013
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade has yet to play a back-to-back set all season, making him iffy for one of the Heat's two games on Friday and Saturday. It is unclear which of the two games Wade would potentially sit out (and it is still speculation that he will indeed sit out both games), but the Heat have yet to play Wade in a back-to-back set this season. Wade has begun to look like the Flash of old as of late, so it would be nice for his owners to benefit from two games of stats this weekend, but we'll be updating this situation as soon as there is more information available.
Dion Waiters will be a GTD for Thurs vs Hawks 12-26-2013
Dion Waiters G CLE
Dion Waiters (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Hawks.

John Michael on Twitter
Waiters has missed the Cavs' last three games with wrist tendinitis, but sounds closer to returning according to coach Mike Brown. Waiters had been hot before his injury, so is worth holding onto for owners with an extra bench spot. If he's unable to go Thursday night, Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova would see some extra minutes.
Cartier Martin (ankle) questionable for Thurs 12-26-2013
Cartier Martin F ATL
Cartier Martin (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers will be re-evaluated later in the day.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"He is getting closer," coach Mike Budenholzer said. Martin hasn't played since December 10th and has missed six consecutive games, but that shouldn't affect fantasy owners as he's not worth owning in anything but the very deepest of leagues.
John Jenkins (back) will miss Thursday's game 12-26-2013
John Jenkins G ATL
John Jenkins (back) will miss Thursday's game against the Cavaliers.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jenkins traveled with the team, but will be forced to sit with a flare-up of his recurring back problems. The second-year guard is only averaging 6.5 minutes per game in the month of December, so it goes without saying that he shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy radar.
Brandan Wright questionable for Thursday 12-26-2013
Brandan Wright F DAL
Brandan Wright (illness) missed shootaround and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Wright is mired in a playing time long-jam with Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair and is going to be a pain to own unless he is able to establish himself as a rotation mainstay. If he is unable to suit up against the Spurs on Thursday, DeJuan Blair and Samuel Dalembert (who also missed shootaround with an illness) would inherit more playing time.
Samuel Dalembert questionable for Thursday 12-26-2013
Samuel Dalembert C DAL
Samuel Dalembert (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Dalembert's playing time has been a bit of a yo-yo lately as he's fluctuated from six minutes to 29 minutes within the span of three games. He's worth a look when he's starting as he can provide a boost in rebounds and assists, but he's a very frustrating player to own and is more of an option in deeper leagues. If he is unable to play against the Spurs Thursday night, DeJuan Blair should pick up some minutes against his former team.
Marquis Teague assigned to D-League Engergy 12-26-2013
Marquis Teague G BKN
Marquis Teague has been assigned to the Iowa Energy of the D-League.

Chicago Bulls on Twitter
Despite the lack of options in the post-Derrick Rose Chicago backcourt, Teague player has been unable to establish himself as a rotation player for the Bulls. He found himself limited to 10.8 minutes over the Bulls last five games and hasn't topped 10 points or six assists all season. Any hopes fantasy owners had of Teague emerging as a decent point guard option should be table until at least next season.
Jimmy Butler has a bit of a knee scare 12-26-2013
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler (ankle) had his knee give out as he drove to the rim during Wednesday's win over the Nets, but says he is fine.

Chicago Tribune
"It hurt for a second," Butler said of his knee. "Been kind of unlucky for me the last few weeks. But I'm all right." Butler has missed 12 games this season due to an ankle sprain and a turf toe injury, so it's good to hear that he won't be adding a knee malady to that list. With all the injuries on the Bulls' roster, Butler should see plenty of playing time as long as he stays healthy and deserves to be owning in all fantasy leagues.
Paul Pierce wants more playing time for Nets 12-26-2013
Paul Pierce F BKN
Paul Pierce (hand) is attributing his recent struggles to his inconsistent playing time and would like a larger role for the Nets.

New York Daily News
"When you're coming off the bench, you're not a primary option and when you sort of get in, you try to kind of force things," Pierce said. "So when you have the inconsistency in the minutes, sometime you have inconsistency in your play." Pierce has only averaged 16.5 minutes in the Nets' last two games and has shot 1-for-15 with six points in those two games combined. The Truth can be a fantasy asset when he gets minutes, but he's turning into a borderline player in standard leagues due to his limited minutes.
James Harden learned to manage ankle sprain 12-26-2013
James Harden G HOU
James Harden (ankle) believes he has turned a corner with the ankle sprain that has caused him to miss two games.

Houston Chronicle
"It's better now," said Harden. "I'm healthy now. It's frustrating to kind of keep going in and out, but hopefully it goes away for good and for the rest of the season." Harden certainly looked a lot healthier as he played 42 minutes, and scored 28 points with six assists and six rebounds on Christmas Day. His fantasy owners invested a first round pick in the Rockets' sniper, so hearing that he thinks he's healthy is excellent Boxing Day news.
Blake Griffin confused by Wednesday ejection 12-26-2013
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Blake Griffin doesn't agree with the call that caused him to pick up his second technical foul and be ejected from Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

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"If you look at it, I didn't do anything, and I got thrown out of the game," Griffin said. "It all boils down to they [the referees] fell for it. To me, that's cowardly. That's cowardly basketball." Griffin's technical was, indeed, a bit iffy and will likely be reviewed (and possibly rescinded) by the league. The fourth-year player won't be facing a suspension from his ejection and fantasy owners can feel free to deploy him as they normally would.
Rockets baffled by Omer Asik's knee injury 12-26-2013
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The Houston Rockets are unsure why Omer Asik (knee) has been unable to make improvement on his injury.

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Asik has been able to increase his workouts, but experiences swelling every time he ramps up his activity. An MRI last week showed no damage, but the Rockets are going to have another expert look at the results. "He had some swelling again in his knee," McHale said. "It seems like he amps it up to a certain level and it swells up again. His symptoms are not going the way the doctors think they should be." While this sounds like a mystery for Sherlock Holmes, fantasy owners can feel free to use a roster spot on someone else besides Asik.
Jermaine O'Neal to have cast removed Thursday 12-26-2013
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Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) will have his cast removed from his right wrist Thursday and promised to return this season.

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O'Neal added that the damage to his wrist was worse than doctors originally expected and that he'll remain in Oakland to start "aggressively" rehabbing during the Warriors upcoming seven-game road trip. It's a bit of a leap of faith to trust O'Neal's promise to return this season since that will be determined by the Warriors' medical staff, but fantasy owners can feel free to drop O'Neal from their fantasy radar as he won't be much of a factor even if he is able to return this season.
Stephen Curry hands out 11 assists, scores 15 12-26-2013
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Stephen Curry had his fourth double-double in his last five games during Christmas Day's 105-103 victory over the Clippers with 15 points, six boards, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes. While his assists are up, Curry's scoring has taken a bit of a dip and this was his third game in a row in which he's failed to reach 20 points. Prior to this recent slump, he scored at least 20 in 12 consecutive games while adding a sky-high 4.9 turnovers per game in that span. A big part of his recent scoring slump has a lot to do with missing pull-ups, which is a problem considering he leads the NBA with 10.6 pull-up shots per game this season. There's a good chance he'll get it going against the Suns on Friday.
Andrew Bogut grabs 14 boards in win 12-26-2013
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Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 boards against the Clippers on Wednesday with 10 points, one assist and two steals on 5-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes. For the month of December, he ranked sixth in the NBA with 12.3 boards per game as well as in blocks per game at 1.9. Bogut has done a terrific job of keeping his fouls down and is playing some of the best basketball since joining the Warriors. He should be in all lineups, but selling high isn't a bad idea given how frequently he is injured.
David Lee double-doubles with 23-13 line 12-26-2013
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David Lee scored 23 points with 13 boards, three assists, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday. It was his 10th double-double in a row with averages over his last nine of 21.4 points, 12.3 boards and 1.0 steals on 50.0 percent shooting. Lee lives in the paint on offense with 82.4 percent of his attempts coming from that range, so it's not too big of a deal to see him only shooting 18.3 percent from the field on his jumpers this year. He is shooting 84 percent from the line this month and his December averages are up across the board compared to November.
Klay Thompson scores 23 points in 42 minutes 12-26-2013
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Klay Thompson shot 10-of-22 from the field for 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with five boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and four fouls in 42 minutes. He had a big block late in the game and tonight was his fourth consecutive game with two steals. Thompson was slumping offensively over his previous three games, making just 34.7 percent from the field, so it was great to see him turn it around on a national stage. After a snapping a seven-game streak of failing to score 20 points, he'll look to build an opposite streak against the Suns on Friday. One other interesting aspect is Thompson leads the NBA for personal fouls in the month of December, so the Warriors might want to have a chat about that.
Iguodala makes all three attempts from deep 12-26-2013
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Andre Iguodala made all three attempts from beyond the arc for all of his nine points with four boards, four assists, two steals and one turnover in 33 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Clippers. He did miss two very clutch free throws at the end of the game to give the Clippers a chance to win the game. Besides the free throw issues, Iguodala has been fantastic all year and his range has gone a long way. On top of his career-high 45.9 percent from beyond the arc, Iguodala is shooting 56 percent on his mid-range shots this year. His hamstring injury is way behind him and he's made a seamless transition to fitting in with his new team.
Chris Paul scores 26 in loss at Golden State 12-26-2013
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Chris Paul scored a game-high 26 points against the Warriors during a 105-103 loss, adding two rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer. On top of leading the NBA in assists per game, he's first in passes per game and points created by assists per 48 minutes. Paul is also stealing a ton with multiple steals in 11 of his last 12 games and averaged just 2.0 turnovers per game over his last 15. He's a master at his craft and is the best point guard to own in fantasy hoops.
Jared Dudley back to quiet ways in loss 12-26-2013
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Jared Dudley played 29 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring four points with one steal and one block . After looking great over his previous five with averages of 14.8 points, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 2.8 triples on 52.8 percent shooting, Dudley came crashing back to Earth tonight. He's a little too inconsistent to own and things will only get worse once J.J. Redick comes back from his injury.
DeAndre Jordan blocks six, double-doubles 12-26-2013
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DeAndre Jordan made all six attempts from the field for 13 points to go with 13 boards, six blocks and one steal in 38 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday. He leads the NBA in field goal percentage, ranks third in rebounds per game, is fourth in blocks per game and adds 1.0 steals per game, so his owners probably aren't complaining about his 41 percent from the line. The increase to 35 minutes per game has worked wonders for Jordan's fantasy value and he's one of the best big men to own with free throw shooting taken out of the equation.
Blake Griffin ejected for two technical fouls 12-26-2013
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Blake Griffin received his second technical foul of Wednesday's game during the fourth quarter and was ejected. Andrew Bogut pulled on Griffin's jersey and it caused a reaction, but this had to be one of the worst technical foul calls of the season. Unfortunately, it's going to be a big story for the NBA to end a long day of hoops. Griffin finished with 20 points, 14 boards, five assists and four turnovers in 33 minutes. His second technical might be rescinded by the league.
Draymond Green ejected for flagrant-2 foul 12-26-2013
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Draymond Green was ejected from Wednesday's game for a flagrant-2 foul at the end of the third quarter. He is a hard-nosed player, but this isn't the first time Green will be criticized for picking up a dirty foul. The foul came as Green threw an elbow at Blake Griffin and might be getting a call from the league office. He did not score in eight minutes and has little fantasy value while David Lee and Andrew Bogut are healthy.